High School Diploma & Equivalency

High School Diploma vs. High School Equivalency

(What is the difference?)

High School Diploma for Adults

  • Carries the same rights and privileges as a high school diploma from a non-accredited K-12 high school.
  • Requires students to complete 145 credits of study
  • Students take online classes in English, Social Science, Mathematics, Science, the Arts & Electives
  • Recommended for students that have taken at least 90 credits in a high school setting
  • Students are expected to complete 60 credits per year
  • Classes are online with weekly live teacher support
  • When all classes are completed, you will receive official transcripts from the La Costa Adult School, then your diploma in June at our graduation ceremony
  • La Costa Adult School diploma is NOT accredited

High School Equivalency for Adults (HiSET Exams)

  • Recommended for students with fewer than 90 high school credits
  • Classes are to prepare students for passing the HiSET examinations (tests)
  • Preparation classes prepare students to take tests in Reading, Writing, Math, Social Studies and Science
  • Students are recommended to study at least 15 hours per week
  • Study classes are online
  • Regular teacher contact is required every other week
  • Classes are tuition free, however HiSET charges$35 per exam


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